You may be wondering, “what’s with all the hubbub about Lavender? Is there really a difference between all these types of Lavender? What can Lavender do for me?” Well we’re here to clear up these questions, and let you know why we just couldn’t help but offer three kinds of Lavender essential oil.
The term “Aromatherapie,” or Aromatherapy in English was created by French chemist, René-Maurice Gattefossé, in the early 1900s. Gattefossé became the poster child of Lavender essential oil. His name and famous incident are well known amongst aromatherapists. One day, while Gattefossé was working in his lab, his hand was badly burned by an explosion that occurred. Gattefossé was able to successfully treat the gangrene that resulted from the burn with Lavender essential oil. Following this event, Lavender essential oil has been researched and studied a multitudinous amount of times.
So let’s get into it, what’s the difference between Lavender Bulgarian, French Lavender, and Spike Lavender?
Let’s begin with traditional Lavender. Lavender Bulgarian is high in both Linalool and Linalyl acetate- two naturally occurring constituents which are known for having a plethora of therapeutic properties. Lavender is one of the most gentle, and widely used oils in aromatherapy. This oil is often employed for its anti-inflammatory, calming, headache relieving, immune supporting, sedative, and skin healing properties. With a fresh and powdery, sweet yet subtly woody, and herbaceous, floral aroma, the luscious scent of Lavender is well-known and frequently sought after in perfumery.
French Lavender is the fraternal twin of Lavender Bulgarian, in that, they share many of the same therapeutic benefits, but differ in ways that make them uniquely different. For starters, French Lavender typically has a high Linalyl acetate content but contains less Linalool. What that means is, French Lavender is aggressive in treating inflammation, zapping bacteria, and relieving pain. You may want to choose French Lavender over Lavender for cuts, scrapes, and local pain. Its aroma is also more intense than Lavender, with balsamic undertones.
Then there’s Spike Lavender, and with a high percentage of 1,8- Cineole and Camphor, this species of Lavender stands out amongst the rest. These constituents are often likened to oils such as Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Ravintsara, and have similar benefits, such as helping to relieve coughs, clear congestion, and promote easy breathing. With its high percentage of Linalool, Spike Lavender is also frequently used for its stress relieving, pain reducing, headache helping, and anti-inflammatory properties. The aroma of Spike Lavender is a combination of both traditional Lavender, and the sharp, medicinal, camphoraceous aroma of Eucalyptus.
Our newest addition, Greek Lavender, has been used as a perfume and addition to cooking and bathing since the ancient Grecian era. It has the highest Linalyl acetate content of the bunch, making it a great option for skin soothing and beauty treatments, as well as promoting relaxation. Greek Lavender has an aroma that is true-to-Lavender, with sugary, yet slightly-green notes. You may like Greek Lavender if you are looking for the therapeutic properties of traditional Lavender, with a dreamy twist.
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